Saturday, September 2, 2017

Stalking Buffalo Bill by J. Leigh Bailey


A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆
This is a ridiculously silly (but still kinda fun) shifter romance. It starts out quite sensibly with an excitable, twinky barista fancying one of his customers, an older college professor. But by the time the author has added a string of action sequences and fights between organised crime hitmen and shifters of every possible species, my head was spinning and I couldn’t keep track of who was doing what to whom.

I’m not sure how much of this story is supposed to be taken seriously. Some of the humour is intentional (gotta love the bison shifter named William = Buffalo Bill). Some of the humour came from ridiculous villains using exaggerated dialogue straight from a 1980s TV crime drama.

Even more of the humour came from the WTF moments where I tried to figure out what was going on. So many complicated back plots are referenced and not clarified in this story that I was sure I was jumping into the middle of an established series until I rechecked that this is book #1 on Goodreads.

There are also some serious moments as Donnie tries to figure out his future and work through his relationship with his family. I’m not sure this works terribly well in a relatively short novel with a whole lot of action and deliberate humour. William remains a mystery through much of this story and even by the end he hadn’t developed much beyond what he told Donnie about himself.

Without thinking too hard, this is a fun and exciting read. It won’t stand up to any intense scrutiny but there were some scenes that made me laugh and there really aren’t enough stories about buffalo shifters!



J. LEIGH BAILEY is an office drone by day and romance author by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything… but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships, and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation, or paranormal affiliation, deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fanfiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. (She was quite put out to be told later that the character’s name was supposed to be Lex.) Her second masterpiece should have been a bestseller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships, and acceptance.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stalking Buffalo Bill (Shifter U #1) by J. Leigh Bailey to read and review.

10 comments:

  1. I like dragons a lot. But in general, I like them all, if the shifter is not the common one even better.

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  2. NO a great follower of shifters, so if anything I prefer the original/traditional wolf/were

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  3. I like wolf shifters so a coyote shifter sounds fun.

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  4. I've read quite a few shifter books, I've liked the ones with unusual animal choices, like possums, hedgehogs, foxes etc

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  5. I haven't found a type of shifter I don't like, but possums, snakes, and some others are harder to get used to.

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  6. I like all shifters however my favorites are the unusual ones

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  7. Dragon shifters are my favorite.

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  8. I like unusual shifter like Gargoyles and Dragons.

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  9. I happen to love felines :). But when reading I also like bears, dragons, and unique ones like hamster :p

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  10. I love dragons, but wolves and tigers are awesome too.

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